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Posted: April 8, 2021

Restoration burn planned for Premier Lake area

The BC Wildfire Service will be supporting BC Parks in conducting a 131-hectare ecosystem restoration burn over two units in the Quartz Lake area of Premier Lake Provincial Park, about seven kilometres east of Skookumchuck.

Smoke will be visible from Skookumchuck, Wasa, and surrounding communities, and to motorists travelling along Highway 93/95.

The exact timing of this burn will depend on weather and site conditions, but it could begin as early as Monday Apr. 12.

Burning will proceed only if conditions are suitable and allow for smoke dispersal, though light smoke may linger in the following days.

Key goals of this prescribed burn include: 

  • help restore forest health and properly functioning open forest conditions;
  • enhance wildlife habitat and forage, particularly for elk and mule deer;
  • address forest health issues associated with overly dense tree stands; and
  • reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires in the area.

Fire is a normal and natural process in many of B.C.’s ecosystems. The BC Wildfire Service works regularly with land managers to undertake fuel management activities (including the use of prescribed burns), to help achieve land management objectives, reduce the severity of future wildfires and increase ecosystem and wildfire resilience.

Learn more about prescribed burning.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air-quality advisories, visit: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

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